Action Request: Take the Budget Survey!

You can help set the budget for the 2014-2015 school year by taking the 2014-2015 Lafayette Elementary School PTA Budget Survey.  This survey will be open until Sunday, March 16th at midnight.  Complete this survey as soon as possible and have a voice in funding the programs at your school. 100% parent participation is achievable!

Please note when ranking options in the survey, the questions will reorder themselves according to your choices. It can be a little confusing at first, but once you notice that the questions are actually moving (the numbers don’t move) it makes sense.

Thank you,
The PTA Budget Committee

Planning Summer Camps?

If you are looking for great activities this summer for your students to enroll in, consider:

If you have any summer camps or activities that you would like to promote, submit them via email or bring the discussion to Facebook.

Lafayette Goes Hollywood: SOLD OUT

Lafayette Goes Hollywood is SOLD OUT! Have a great time and don’t forget to designate a driver or consider using a taxi (like yellow) or ride sharing service (like uber).  See you Saturday!

The Foundry is located just SOUTH of the Spokane Street viaduct (West Seattle Bridge) at 4130 1st Avenue South. The best way to get there is to take the 1st AVE S. exit from the West Seattle Bridge and turn left on 1st (going North), then turn around and head back SOUTH on 1st and keep going until passing under the Spokane St Viaduct. Continue South in left lane approximately 2 more blocks. Turn left on S Dakota St (immediately before the overpass). Take an immediate right down “Dead End” driveway, running along overpass. The Foundry is in between Crosscut Hardwoods and Daniel Smith Art Supplies.

The PTA Wants You!

The Nominating Committee of the PTA is seeking candidates to serve on the PTA Board during the 2014/15 and 2015/16 school years. These three very important positions are Vice President, Co-Secretary, and Treasurer. In accordance with PTA Standing Rules, the Vice President is elected for a one year term (2014/15) and would transition to the role of President for one additional year (2015/16). There is also an opening for one of our Co-Secretaries and for the Treasurer, both of which are two year commitments. All of these are very exciting positions and a great way to ensure the future success of Lafayette.

Contact the Nominating Committee if you would like to make a nomination (including for yourself!) for any of these positions or if you have any questions. The members of the Nominating Committee are Annie HigginsChris Weinmann, and Sarah Volpone.

PTA Arts Assembly on Friday, March 14th


Our first PTA arts assembly for this school year will be Friday, March 14. It’s a tap dancing performance and demonstration by Mark Mendonca and his company. Mark has an extensive career as a dancer and choreographer, performing on Broadway, television, and concert stages around the world.  Mark’s dancing was motion-captured for the animated feature film “The Polar Express“, and his dancing was featured in the Emmy Award-nominated documentary “Juba: The Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance”, aired on PBS.

The performance consists of tap dance, drumming, found object percussion (like the Broadway show Stomp), audience participation, and some history of the American art forms of tap dance and jazz music. They will perform different styles of tap, from early Bill “Bojangles” Robinson and Shirley Temple in the 1930’s, to Broadway, to what tap dance is today. They will get the audience on their feet to learn a tap dance combination, and will have a question and answer section. The show is high energy and the kids always love getting their feet moving and making rhythms.

The performance will take place on the stage. Parents who would like to see the performance are welcome to join us. K-2 will see the show at 9:40 a.m., and 3-5 at 10:40 a.m.

Laurie Utterback, PTA Arts Assemblies Coordinator

Popcorn News

Lafayette’s jump rope club, the POPCORNS, had a successful mini-fundraising campaign! We raised over $2,500 to support this year’s after-school jump rope program and want to thank all the wonderful parents who contributed! Popcorns is an after school jump rope club, open to 1-5 grades at Lafayette. The kids perform around town at events, public and private schools throughout Seattle and King County.

As young ambassadors for our school, the Popcorns promote exercise for health and do an annual fundraiser for American Heart Association. Last year they raised over $3000.00. This year we hope to raise $4,000! Lafayette’s annual Jump Rope For Heart, Jump A Thon will be on Thursday, February 27 from 3:35 to 5:00. All are welcome to sign up and join in for the fun day of jump roping in support of the American Heart Association. Students should turn in permission slips the week we are back from mid-winter break. Collection envelopes should be returned on day of the event to Mrs. Belfor. Kindergarteners will do the event during their P.E. time.

Popcorns recently performed to a roaring crowd of students, teachers and staff at St. John’s Catholic School in Seattle, Lake Dolloff Elementary in Federal Way, and Silver Lake Elementary in Federal Way. Great fun! Mrs. Belfor has received letters from the schools ‘The Popcorns’ have visited telling her how much they liked her team. They learned a lot from ‘The Popcorns and are now having fun jumping at their school.

We have another upcoming performance at the West Seattle’s YMCA “Healthy Kids Day” on April 26th. Come watch and support your school’s Popcorns!

Erik Satie: Great Composer for April

Erik Satie (1866-1925)

You can hear the music of French composer Erik Satie (1866-1925) in Lafayette’s front hall. Satie spent much of his time exchanging ideas with artists and composers in the cafes of Paris. Throughout his life, he wanted to create music that mixed ancient melodies with new ideas, following no rules but his own.

Erik Satie on Amazon

Erik Satie on YouTube

Erik Satie on Wikipedia

Free Musical Scores by Erik Satie

Erik Satie on iTunes

Felix Mendelssohn: Composer of the Month


The composer for February is Felix Mendelssohn. He followed in the footsteps of Beethoven and filled his music with emotions and feelings, painting a picture with music of the many places he traveled; the Highlands of Scotland, the wild ocean waves bouncing off a cave, gondola boats floating in Venice, and even the magical forests in Shakespeare’s play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Please ask your kids if they had a chance to learn about and hear Mendelssohn’s music this month.

Felix Mendelssohn on Amazon

Felix Mendelssohn on YouTube

Felix Mendelssohn on Wikipedia

Free Musical Scores by Felix Mendelssohn

Felix Mendelssohn on iTunes